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Looking for the next book to read? Why not try this fresh-off-the-press novel from my dear friend, Jannie Lund.

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A THOUSAND SUNSETS is a tale of second chances. Given, taken, and thrown away.

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Struggling to be a dad and a son, Alexander didn’t know he was lost. Living her dream, Sarah didn’t know she needed to be found. Enter cupid in the form of a dying man, who hasn’t had much contact with his children and grandchildren in the years after his wife’s death. In the meantime, however, a new family has formed around him. Patrick McCullough’s staring contest with death and wish to unite the family of his blood and the one of his heart kindles love meant to last, causes tempers to flare, and creates second chances that are given, taken, and thrown away. In the middle of the chaos, a young boy struggles to stay afloat.

I plotted out much of A THOUSAND SUNSETS in a parking lot in October of 2011. The rain was drumming…

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Wordless Wednesday #27

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touch of clay


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In a little more than two hours, the fantabulous mayhem that is GISHWHES will begin for 2014. More info here.


I signed up because 1) it’s Misha, 2) it’s both a fun and adventurous way to give back, 3) I want to test myself and see how far I could go to complete the hunt. And did I mention it’s partly because of Misha?

Last year’s list was daunting: 155 items of varying degrees of silliness and fun! Points are awarded for each item on the list so I guess the team with the highest points win. Also I don’t think any team has ever submitted all items on the list. Hopefully my team, TardisDream, can submit as many as possible.

Friends, family, work colleagues, casual acquaintances…..I hope I can rely on your help to accomplish the tasks assigned to me. If anything, would you be willing to take photos and videos of me doing silly things?


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Before we begin, may I remind you that…

You’ve been warned.

In May 2014, Bernie and I had date night to see some Irish lads in concert. The first time they came to Dubai, with two more than now, I could not go see them. Because I just had a baby and it was summer, it was hot and I couldn’t be bothered to put on decent clothes and step out of the house. Anyway. So when i found out they were doing a one-night-only show in Dubai, I did not hesitate to buy tickets. It actually presented a dilemma when Justin Timberlake also announced a show in Abu Dhabi the night following Boyzone’s show. I decided not to go see JT and I don’t regret it. I would not have been able to sing-along because I don’t know most of his songs.

So the evening of the 22nd May came and thank goodness it was not as hot as I thought it would be. The tennis stadium was not fully packed but it was a decent crowd. Shame that Mikey could not join the show, due to a bereavement apparently, but these guys were quite impressive on their own.
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Rixos Bab Al Bahr Ras Al Khaimah

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We recently spent a weekend at the Rixos Bab Al Bahr in Ras Al Khaimah. As far as I know, they are the first hotel chain in the UAE that offer all-inclusive packages. I got the deal through Groupon and even though it was Ramadan, it was business as usual: food and drinks were served throughout the day and the pool and other facilities were open as usual.
welcome to rixos

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Wordless Wednesday #26

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Wordless Wednesday

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in a dark alley

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Photo credit to Major Miles
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Yarn Porn

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I haven’t done this in a while so let me show you some enhancement in my yarn stash. No, I haven’t been shopping up a storm. These have been in the stash for a while and I’ve only just taken photos of them. Except the Sundara. Those are from clubs. I never said I was on a yarn diet. Shut up and just enjoy the porn.

Western Sky Knits Homegrown Sock, 100% superwash merino, 420 yards, colourway Mix It Up 2
mix it up

Western Sky Knits Twinkle Sock, 400 yards, it has 5% stellina, colourway Butterfly Wings
butterfly wings

welthase fingering merino light, single ply 100% superwash merino, 400 yards, colourway Blue Blessing, exclusive from the Strickmich! Club for the Samadhi shawlette
blue blessing

DyeForYarn Merino/Silk Fingering, 75/25 blend, 437 yards, colourway Fire in a Princess Place, also from the Strickmich! Club exclusive for the Knit Your Love shawl.
Fire Engine in a Princess Palace

Tosh Mo Light, 80% merino/20% mohair, 420 yards, colourway Antique Lace, from last year’s Sweater Club courtesy of Michelle who did not fancy the goat hair. I’m thinking of making a Hitofude with this.
antique lace

Knit Picks Stroll Tonal, 75% merino/25% nylon, 462 yards, colourway Blue Violet
blue violet

Same as above, colourwau Pearlescent. Can you tell I’m thinking of a stripey shawl for these two? Okay, so maybe not but I bought these thinking of Romi Hill’s Red Rock Canyon.

And now for the ultimate luxury that is Sundara Yarn’s Fingering Merino Cashmere. Squishy 70/20/10 blend of merino, cashmere and nylon, it is the same base as Bugga. I’m actually surprised that I have not made anything with this yarn yet. Must remedy that this year. The label says it has 500 yards in the 150g skein but, as every Sundara Yarn fan would know, Sundara is generous and underestimates the yardage so there are some skeins with about 600 yards in it. Colourway below is Sky Through the Cedars.
Sky Through the Cedars

This is Romeo from the monthly club.

And of course, where Romeo goes, Juliette follows.

A Luxury Club shipment, this is Inspired by Night #77. Deep, dark blue and black. Perfect for a top or a shrug, or a very large shawl.
inspired by night #77

I hope you enjoyed this edition of Yarn Porn. Hopefully next time you see these, they will be knitted up!

Long weekend

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This is what our weekend will look like:

Can’t wait! It’s the Rixos Bab Al Bahr in Ras Al Khaimah.

Catch you all on the flipside. Be safe. And for those in the pit of hell that is the UAE, stay cool! Enjoy your weekend.


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